Ricardo José Rivera
Ricardo José Rivera
Praised for his “rich baritone and confident stage demeanor”, Puerto Rican baritone Ricardo José Rivera is a 2021 alumnus of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Last season Ricardo performed Silvano in Un ballo in Maschera with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti, Schaunard in La Boheme for CulturArte de Puerto Rico, the Marquis de la Force (cover) in Dialogues of the Carmelites for the Houston Grand Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Aspen Music Festival, Escamillo in Carmen with Opera de Puerto Rico, and concerts with the Mobile Symphony. Upcoming engagements include debuts with Washington Concert Opera as Nottingham in Roberto Devereux, with Sarasota Opera as Don Carlo in Ernani and Opera San Antonio as Silvio in I Pagliacci.
For the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Mr. Rivera sang Schaunard in La Bohème, Baron Douphol in La Traviata, and Sharpless in Madame Butterfly. Notable covers included Marcello in La Bohème, and the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He was to sing Silvio in the company’s 2020-2021 production of I Pagliacci but the opera was cancelled due to COVID.
Recent engagements include Claudio in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict and Angel #7 in the American premiere of contemporary opera Seven Angels by Luke Bedford, both with the Aspen Music Festival, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with the International Lyric Academy of Rome and Silvano in Un ballo in maschera with Opera in the Heights.
In concert, he has performed with the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago in Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and with the Civic Orchestra at the Chicago Symphony Center, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Dominican Republic Symphony Orchestra, and in several concerts with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. Also, in his native Puerto Rico he has performed with the Opera de Puerto Rico, Teatro de la Ópera, Ópera al Fresco and the Zarzuela and Operetta Foundation. In 2016, he portrayed the role of Don Quixote in Manuel de Falla’s Master Peter’s Puppet Show, as part of the prestigious Festival Casals.
Mr. Rivera has been the recipient of several grants, including the Richard F. Gold Career Grant presented by the Shoshana Foundation, First Prize and Audience Prize winner in the Houston Saengerbund Voice Competition, and Third Prize winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Gulf Region.